The School President

(Rt. Rev.) Mar Melchizedek, Obl.OSB

Bishop Melchizedek completed secondary and most of tertiary schooling in Europe. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Catholic Seminary and majored in Latin and Classical Greek, before completing his theological post-graduate studies. Later on, he earned his doctorate in Hellenic (Greek) Literature at MSTG University in Athens, Greece.

Mar Melchizedek taught at an Orthodox theological school as professor and doctoral mentor for almost two decades before becoming part of Meister Eckhart Divinity School.
Mar Melchizedek  also schooled in Childhood education and obtained a Montessori teaching certificate. Additionally, he is trained and certified in Zen meditation, Tai Chi and Reiki therapy.

Mar Melchizedek has been an Eastern Orthodox clergyman for over 40 years and a Benedictine Oblate (Roman Catholic) for 2 years.

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The Chancellor

Currently vacant. Administered by Mar Melchizedek

The School Chaplain

(Rev.) Judy Quitoriano, Lic. Theol., DD
Spiritual Director (Chaplain)

Judy Quitoriano has worked in many areas of ministry, including education of children and adults, music, support for caregivers, visitations to the sick and dying, spiritual direction, hospital chaplaincy and faith group facilitation.
She is available to students, staff and faculty for spiritual counsel.

The Faculty

Alexander Ciurana, B.Th., M.T.S., M.A.T.S., Ph.D. (cand.)
Professor of Theology

Alex Ciurana began his formal religious training in Tacoma, Washington, completing undergraduate studies at Halo Christian University and a Master's Degree in Theological Studies at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary.  At The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), he explored the exciting nexus between modern psychology and spiritual formation. Alex is currently a doctoral candidate at Sofia University.  His dissertation is titled, "Monotheism and Philotheism: An Examination of Two Formative Psychospiritual Orientations". 

Jim Jackson, BA, MS, DD

Professor of Theology

Jim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of San Francisco, CA, and a Master's Degree in Program Management from Texas A&M, Killian, TX. Furthermore, he holds a Divinity Degree from St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology, Seward, NE.
Jim is still very curious about life and eager to learn. He is a caring person who loves his fellow human being.

Judy Quitoriano, Lic. Theol., DD
Professor of Theology

Judy Quitoriano is an educator and artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She received her Licentiate in Theology and her Doctorate of Divinity at St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology.  Judy also holds a Pastoral Counseling Certificate and has written and published several books.
Judy loves to continue the legacy of her father by teaching applied theology.

(Rt. Rev.) Fr. Jack Cunningham, OSM, MPA, BS

Professor of Theology


Fr. Jack holds a Bachelor’s Degree from City College and a Master’s Degree from City University.  He is a member of the Monastic Order of St. Michael. Jack Cunningham is a retired Criminal Justice Administrator. He first became an Episcopal Commissioned Missionary in 2010, was ordained as a Priest in 2011 and then a Bishop in 2013 in the of the Celtic Catholic Church, USA. He serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and at Community Home Health & Hospice. Fr. Jack is currently a doctoral candidate at our Divinity School.

William P. Mills, DD, PhD, LLD
Professor of Theology

Bill holds Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Southern Oregon University and Doctorates in Divinity, Physics and International Law from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He is the director of All Science Leads to God, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to promote Christian unity through education, apologetics and ecumenical outreach.
Prof. Mills is a coordinator for, an interdenominational, ecumenical service ministry.  He is also active in church ministry, mentoring and education.
David Morgan, PhD
Professor of Theology

Dr. Morgan has multiple Masters' degrees in biblical history, language and literature. He received his Doctorate in Hebrew Bible from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He spends his time with Bible translation work, writing, editing projects and photography. In addition, he makes time to mentor students and encourages them to enjoy kingdom life and contributing to the common good.